Nicola Rochon Paralegal

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Contact Details

Nicola Rochon is a Paralegal in our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in Southampton. 

Main areas of practice 

Nicola assists the team on a wide range of intellectual property disputes including trade mark, passing off, design right, copyright and domain name disputes. Nicola also has experience in the filing and prosecution of trade mark applications, watch services and the preparation of cease and desist letters.

In addition to her role in the intellectual property team, Nicola has experience in construction, contractual and professional negligence disputes for insured high net worth individuals and businesses.

Significant experience

Preparation of evidence of acquired distinctiveness in support of a UK trade mark Application that had been rejected as being descriptive and/or otherwise lacking in distinctive character. The preparation of extensive evidence resulted in the application proceeding to publication.

  • Preparation and filing of trade mark applications and oppositions.
  • Acting in claims against architects and contractors in relation to substandard construction works.
  • Organising and attending Mediations regarding contractor's breach of contract and negligence.


Nicola’s Blog

Night club owner faces prison sentence due to ongoing Copyright Infringement

A night club owner has been sentenced to three months imprisonment on a suspended sentence, in addition to payment of £5,177 damages to the claimant and £17,000 in costs, for playing sound recordings in public without a licence in contempt of court.

copyright infringement - music played at nightclub
High Court's decision on nightclub manager's personal liability for copyright infringement

In October this year the High Court found the designated premises supervisor of a nightclub in Essex personally liable for authorising and procuring acts infringing copyright as a result of the unlicensed playing of sound recordings.

New EU Trade Mark Regulations: What's changing?

This week, on 23 March 2016, the new EU Trade Mark Regulations will come into force. The aim of the new regulations is to make trade mark registration systems in the EU cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable.

Articles by Nicola

EU Trade Mark Regulations: Changes to the interpretation of EU Trade Mark specifications


A change will be implemented in relation to the EUIPO's interpretation of descriptions of goods and services.

Trade Mark Oppositions - Survival of the fittest


In April 2014, Fitness Initiative Limited applied to register the mark mefit in class 35.

No more Happy Returns for Warner Chappel Music when we sing Happy Birthday…


Two years on from the start of a class action in relation to the famous Happy Birthday song, the US District Judge George King has ruled that Warner Chappell Music do not have a valid copyright attached to the "Happy Birthday" song lyrics.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Who really owns your name – Ben Evans published in the CITMA Review

Ben Evans comments on a case where a partner in a firm of solicitors sought to prevent her former firm from continuing to use her name, both as part of the firm's name and also as part of a profile for her on their website.

Commercial agents and software – goods rather than services?

Since the introduction of the Regulations, there has been considerable uncertainty as to whether transactions involving computer software can be categorised as "sale of goods" for the purposes of the Regulations. The position has now been clarified.

An unwelcome relief? Opportunities to challenge forfeiture are broadened (again).

It is with some hesitation (and permission to appeal) that the court has granted relief from forfeiture of a licence for the discharge of surface water.

Recovering outstanding berthing fees – a guide for marinas and boatyards

Blake Morgan provides a helpful guide for Marinas and Boat Yards on recovering outstanding berthing fees.

Guide to Defamation claims

Blake Morgan's complete guide to Defamation claims - what you should know when thinking of bringing a claim of reputation damage.

Guide to IP Services

The complete guide to Intellectual Property Services that Blake Morgan can provide.